Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Susan Dever

February 23rd—February 25th (2018)

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  • $125 Program Price
  • $150 Patron Price
  • Pay what you can

The Art of Being Human invites you to explore how the ancient wisdom of Shambhala comes alive in daily existence. This introduction to Shambhala Training presents the view that the world is sacred and basic goodness is our birthright. Such basic human wisdom doesn’t belong to any one culture or religious tradition—though it can be found in many throughout history. All humans can discover this goodness of life, and radiate it into the world for the peace and sanity of others.

Shambhala Training is a path to develop the dignity of being human, using meditation as a means to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness toward ourselves and our world. The first in a series of trainings, Level I includes instruction on meditation, talks by the director, individual conversations with teachers, discussions with other participants, and a concluding reception.

Friday Evening Public Event (Free).  Everyone is welcome to join us for the program’s “opening night,” the screening and discussion of Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Level I participants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend. We’ll view the film on the big screen with contemplative arts students at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Cinematic Arts (directions below).

Interviewed about his documentary on the prehistoric Chauvet Caves in France, where 30,000 year-old limestone galleries reveal astonishing paintings of bison, bears, mammoths, and horses racing on the wind, filmmaker Werner Herzog pointed beyond the jaw-dropping scientific value of the discovery: “There is something that illuminates us past sheer facts. There’s something that touches us. Something happens when we recognize ourselves, our origins, our humanness.”

It’s that “something”—which Shambhala wisdom knows as the expression of basic goodness—we’ll explore this evening and throughout the weekend.

This program is open to everyone. There are no prerequisites.

SPECIAL OFFER:  Bring a friend for free!   Register and pay full price and your friend attends for no cost.  Please note this in the comment box when you register.

The Friday talk is free and open to the public. February 23, 2018, 6:15-9 pm.  Please do not register for the program if you are only attending the Friday event. 

Two Venues:

Friday, February 23, 6:15 pm to 8:55 pm: University of New Mexico, Department of Cinematic Arts: See photo here:  You’ll find the Cinematic Arts Department in CERIA (Center for Environmental Research, Informatics & Art), Building 83. CERIA is located directly to the northeast of the Tribute to Mother Earth fountain. To locate CERIA, orient from the intersection of Central Ave & Yale Blvd. From Yale and Central, walk north onto campus along Yale Blvd, cross Redondo South Dr., and continue along the promenade until you reach the fountain. Take the elevator or stairs to the third floor and you’ll find the screening room to your left in room 365.

Friday Parking: The closest inexpensive parking lots are along Yale between MacDonald’s Restaurant and Silver, plus a bit south. Handicap parking is available in two nearby lots; heading west from the on-campus Redondo South Drive, take the first right into two parking lots that have specially marked, reserved spaces. Public parking is also available in the stacked structure on Redondo South, just to the east of Yale.

Saturday, February 24, 9:30 – 5:30; and Sunday, February 25, 9:30 – 3:00: Albuquerque Shambhala Meditation Center, 1102 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque.

About the Teacher:  As a student of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and as a Cinematic Arts professor at UNM, in 2006 Dr. Susan Dever changed the course of a three-decade career in US Latino/Latin American film and literature to begin offering contemplative cinema courses. Since 2011 she has directed introductory Shambhala Training programs, subsequently teaching Shambhala Art. The aspiration to create an enlightened society also resonates with her film students. Through the combined practice of sitting meditation and interdependent art-making, they engage cinema that reconnects us with our genuine selves. This term’s “EveryDay Artists,” with those in “All About Ease,” will host our Friday evening public screening and discussion of Cave of Forgotten Dreams.